April 28, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – A grand slam by Blair McCaleb and a three-run homer from Tony Richie highlighted a seven-run seventh inning as No. 5 Florida State (41-12, 9-6 ACC) rallied to defeat NC State (26-20, 4-14 ACC) Sunday afternoon by a score of 12-11 in front of 2,260 at Dick Howser Stadium. With the three-game sweep of the Wolfpack, FSU has now won seven games in a row. Kevin Lynch (4-1) got the win after allowing three runs on four hits in 3.1 innings of relief.
Trailing 9-4 in the bottom of the seventh, FSU loaded the bases when Stephen Drew singled and Tony McQuade and Ryan Barthelemy walked. McCaleb then hit a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall, his fifth homer of the year, to cut the NC State lead to one at 9-8. Nick Rogers and Richie Smith kept the inning going as they drew walks. Richie entered the game as a pinch-hitter and came through with his sixth home run of the season, a three-run blast over the scoreboard in left.
The Seminoles added an insurance run in the eighth when Barthelemy scored from third with one out on a Bryan Zech ground ball that was mishandled by NC State second baseman Adam Hargrave.
Brian Wright’s two-run homer, his second of the game, off Lynch in the top of the ninth made Zech’s grounder the game-winning RBI.
The Wolfpack jumped out to the early lead with three runs in the top of the first inning. Joe Gaetti was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Wright’s double to right center. NC State then took advantage of FSU second baseman Bryan Zech’s error to score two more. Mike Prochaska had an RBI-groundout and David Hicks knocked in the third run with a single up the middle.
Florida State wasted no time in taking the lead from NC State with four runs in the bottom half of the first. Singles from Drew, Barthelemy and McCaleb loaded the bases with one out. Jerrod Brown knocked in the first run with a single to right, Nick Rogers plated two with a double off the screen in right center, and Zech made it 4-3 with a sacrifice fly.
NC State regained the lead with two runs in the second inning. Jeremy Dutton recorded an RBI-single and Gaetti came home on a passed ball.
The Wolfpack added two more in the fifth and another run in the sixth to make it 8-4. Both of the run-scoring hits came with two outs as Dutton picked up two more RBI with a single in the fifth and Chad Orvella knocked in the eighth run with a base hit to right in the sixth.
Wright’s first homer of the game, a solo shot, extended NC State’s lead to 9-4.
Florida State’s next game is scheduled for Friday (7:00 p.m.) at home against Florida A&M. The Seminoles then return to ACC action as they host Duke on Sunday (7:00 p.m.), Monday (7:00 p.m.) and Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) at Dick Howser Stadium.